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Great version as Bobby introduces the band
Subject: Not bad
I was at this show, enjoyed it then, and enjoyed it today. It was a boiling hot day indeed. Don't really understand the vitriol towards the show. They aren't in anything close to top form, but considering the circumstances, it is okay. I actually really like Jer's voice, and he is certainly not just hitting random notes. I have heard much worse. And Dylan's voice is pretty great, if you like Dylan. In all the years I've been seeing him, this might be his most understandable.
Subject: Not a bad show. 4 stars cause sound is good
Ok for sure. I remember thinking maybe they were going to end the tour with a 3rd set Dylan/Dead.Wishfull thinking at the time,yet I think Dylan sounds worse then Jerry and he was on the verge of his Coma. So he sure gave it his best shot. That man was a trooper threw and threw.Must say I did not like the 90's sound but Jerry sure tried day and day out. I will be forever thankfull to them for the years and years & YEARSSSSSSS of joy that brought me live in person let alone the ongoing listening here. Thank you again for your hard work on this site.
Subject: Weary but Strong!
"Jerry and the boys are playing away and there's Bob Dylan up there sounding like a 3 year old with an electric guitar. When he finally kicks in vocally, it is about 180 degrees off in terms of emotion for the tune."
You need to re-listen. Baby Blue and Desolation Row are amazing. Maybe the musicianship isn't spot on, but the energy and fun coming from that stack was way out there... Bob Dylan chiming in on the 3rd verse of Baby Blue is CLASSIC, not lame.
Weird time for the Dead but the energy on Baby Blue, Desolation Row & Satisfaction is worth this D/L (stream) alone.
Subject: First show, best show!
Thanks Charlie and Dan! I am so grateful this is here, I am here, I was there. We were laughing that Dylan was wearing black leather pants in the sauna, and got saucer eyed at the nearly-naked goddesses all running through the mud. The hairy guy that jumped on stage was naked. Poor cops were sweating. Crazy firehoses. Couldn't beat the parking lot, what with the gravel all etched in skeletons and streetsigns hanging like apples from the pear trees (it was a long drive). Many thanks to the bearded hippy from Havard. So, my first family reunion was my last for awhile - harsh. But, Bob serenaded full throated-hearted that day and Brent and the boys pounded waves through the bobbing crowd, and I think every single body there knew how to surf by the end. And Jerry, well, he sent his soul soaring that day. I saw it, damn near filled the whole stadium with his face; he started screaming right at Baby Blue and didn't let up 'til I did. Do they get better? Maybe for you. ;)
Subject: Dylan & Dead 86
I had been thinking about this show for some reason and went back to listen to it again. It was from a discussion on a different board claiming Jerry never fully recovered from the coma musically. So I listened to a bunch of before and afters when I recalled this pairing of two troubled bands. Dyaln was at a low point in his career and Jerry has already been mentioned.
To those people who are not big Dylan fans I can see why they think it's awful. But Baby Blue and Desolation row were performed purposely by Dylan as a direct message that Jerry would listen too- the music. He was showing Jerry how royally f#@$%^@ they both were health wise and something had to change or someone was going to die. Listen closely to the end of Baby Blue how Dylan is refraining " Yeah , that's right it's ALL OVER now" where even Phil jumps in.
That's long enough but desolation row has its own inflections and discordance as the tour is over and Bob Dylan knows he may very well be saying goodbye to Jerry for the last time.
To say that Jerry was "near death" at this show is certainly no understatement. Only days away from his diabetic coma, Jerry is playing at his absolute worst here. Many point to his last two years with regard to his worst performances, but at least he could keep the beat and pull off the occasional magical solo, even in 1995 (may I refer you to 5-26 for a kick ass night). Here, JG is stumbling through every song, even playing solos and fills at the wrong position on his guitar. He doesn't appear to have the strength to slide his hand up the neck. The random and abrupt announcement of a "break" after Desolation Row is met by audible cries of "NO!" from the crowd. Dylan is pretty bad here, but the whole band is falling apart. I managed to listen to Terrapin the whole way through; it was more like "Lady Hit the Fan." Jerry is just randomly playing notes within the key changes.
I'm glad he was able to recover and come back strong to bring us another few years of incredible tunes (1987-1991).
E.R.C. Iceman! -
Subject: EPIC INTRO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Weir's band introduction during "Satisfaction" is FUCKING GREAT! What a CLASSIC piece of Dead history. I was there and remember it well!!!!!!!
Subject: cow pasture
It was 98 degrees in a windless stadium. The staff sprayed the crowd with water to cool people off.
It smelled like a cow pasture.
At the start of Baby Blue, they threw Bob Dylan Threw the curtains onto the stage, as it appears, he had some hesitancy on coming out.
-Funny as shit. It happened about 1 minute into the song. Very memorable.
Subject: Interesting from a GD Historical Perspective
I have been reading "Dark Star: an oral biography of Jerry Garcia" and just finished the section that deals with Garcia's 1986 coma. This particular show was the one that directly preceded his hospitalization and marked the end of a very long period of isolation and heroin use. He was basically living in Rock Scully's basement apartment smoking Persian all day, nodding off, and coming close to setting himself on fire from accidentally dropping lit cigarettes. His physical state was terrible, having been declared close to death by a doctor who examined him.
Listening to this show, I have to admit that compared to his later decline in the mid 90's, I was shocked that Jerry was able to keep it together this much at the show. He had been working on getting himself together by this point, but even still, considering he had an infection in an impacted wisdom tooth at the time, he plays and sings pretty well. Not that this show is a pinnacle of achievement for the Dead. It's a short, some-what lackluster show, with the definite low point being the appearance of Bob Dylan on the stage for the Baby Blue and Desolation Row. Its seems as if Bob had no idea how to play his own tunes. Listening to his attempts at "playing" guitar is not even amusing. Jerry and the boys are playing away and there's Bob Dylan up there sounding like a 3 year old with an electric guitar. When he finally kicks in vocally, it is about 180 degrees off in terms of emotion for the tune. The Dead are playing it in the usual, almost melancholy way and Dylan comes in like he's kicking out the jams rock and roll style. It's like the man was physically there, but mentally he was playing another show in another city, in another time. To put it bluntly, Dylan was awful.
Having read his own accounts of this period and his tours with the Dead, he was having difficulty remembering his older tunes and was struggling a lot with trying to express himself the way he wanted to. It shows here.
I gave the show two stars because of it's historical value and because that despite Dylan's mess making, Jerry and the Boys are able to bring it together.